Kazakhstan decreases grain exports in Jul-Aug. [IntelliNews - Weekly Reports]
(IntelliNews - Weekly Reports Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Kazakhstan exported 0.946mn tonnes of grain between Jul 1-Sep 1, down from 1.48mn tonnes in the same period of previous year, the Agriculture Ministry has informed. Drought last year and heavy rains which led to postponement harvest campaign this year are blamed for lower level of exports.
In past marketing year, Kazakhstan exported 7.1mn tonnes of grain, down from 12.9mn tonnes in 2011-2012 marketing year. The reason was lower harvest last year – the country gathered 12.9mn tonnes of grain, down from a record 27mn tonnes in 2011.
This marketing year, Kazakhstan plans to export 7-8mn tonnes, according to Deputy Agriculture Minister Muslim Umiryayev's statement from July. Grain crops are expected at 16.3mn tonnes in clean weight.
Kazakhstan is the largest Central Asian grain producer and one of the top world grain exporters. The country exports mainly to neighboring Central Asian states as well as to Iran, Afghanistan, China and the Caucasus.
The government is eager to improve infrastructure for grain exports – state-owned grain operator Food Contracting Corporation JSC plans to construct several grain terminals with a total capacity of 400,000 tonnes in various regions of the country by 2015.
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